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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,434 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,434
Reviews: 1,986
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 162
Gots: 318 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of bob3701
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a very pale yellow with a big fluffy head that ever so slowly goes into a thin film with some lacing. A doughy aroma. Very clean taste with a bitter grapefruit finish. Very easy to drink, it goes down real easy. More for a hot summer day after mowing the lawn than February with snow on the ground.

bob3701, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle version of this beer is as good or better than the draft and one of the few american made German Style Pilsners that I really enjoy (German Pilsner is my favorite Lager).

Had this with a Noble Pils the other day. Both were excellent, but this one may have stood out slightly.

Beautiful golden color, great hoppy aroma with a nice clean and biscuity flavor. Another good one for most seasons and all occasions.

david18, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good little darker than straw yellow appearance. Aroma, minimal, a good fine zip to it.

Taste, begins to excel, reminiscient of Pilsner Urquell, but with a better hop quality to it, more grapefruit. A smidgen bigger heft to it. Grows on the palate, gets better. Extremely carbonated. Extremely drinkable, an excellent summer beer.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very bright golden shade with a great topping of foamy bleach white head.
Smell is VERY floral-with hints of citrus and some pine.
Taste is complex for a pilsener with a start of earthy and floral hops-ending with a nice citrus hops flavor.
Finish is very dry with a solid citrus-floral after-taste.
Drinks great-something I would consider highly refreshing.

ThaBobfather, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - deep golden color with a fantastic white head.

S - smells of hops, crackers, with a clean scent.

T - hops, crackers, pretzel, grain, etc.

M - lighter body fits style, and is quite active. spot on for the style.

D - This is a fantactic pilsner. well done all around. near perfection

PreacherBrewer, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried to order this in a few different bars in T.O., and it is always sold out. Now, I've tracked down a bottle, so let's see what the fuss is all about.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium straw colour, with one finger of creamy white head, which leaves some spotty lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of floral citrus hops, and biscuity white grain. The taste is crisp barley grain, and floral, piney, and grassy hops. The carbonation is average, the body decently round, and full, but a bit clammy, and it finishes clean and crisp.

A pretty decent old world pils, wish it were easier to get a hold of.

biboergosum, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of squaremile
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As far as pils beers go, this is the gold standard. I've had countless pilsners, but I keep coming back to the one and only Prima Pils. Clear golden yellow pour into my Stockholm pils glass, one finger head that turns into fabulous lacing. Nose is grass, pine, yeast, and flowers. Taste is a crisp blend of floral hops, yeast, country grasses, pine tree, and mild breadiness. Perfect beer.

squaremile, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear, extremely light straw yellow. If it wasn't for the tight, bone white two and a half finger head I may have mistaken this as an adjunct lager. Some minor lacing is left behind before the head all but disappears.

Smell: The aroma is a bit weak here. I am picking up on some floral, spicy hops. I just wish they came through stronger. Perhaps I've been spoiled by IPAs in this regard.

Taste: Now this is what I'm talking about. The vague smells from the aroma explode here. I was not expecting this at all. This no question has IPA levels of hops. The flavors come through as in the smell. This is dominated by crisp floral and spicy hops. Nice and bitter, extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Low to medium bodied, but that's to be expected from the style. Fairly high carbonation, but it doesn't detract from anything. As mentioned in the taste it's very crisp and also slightly drying on the finish.

Drinkability: I finished my glass so fast I think my review may have ended up a bit less detailed than I would have liked. This stuff is tasty. I wish I would have bought more than one bottle, because I'm ready for another.

Overall I honestly didn't know what I was getting into with this pils. Having grown up in the good old US of A it's hard to shake the bastardized image of an american adjunct lager being a pilsener. But I think Prima Pils has got the message across. I will definitely further explore the style.

DrDoitchbig, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from RThomas436. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" white head above the cloudy golden brew. Head dwindles gradually, with lasting lace. Aroma is sweet pale malt and earthy hops. Taste starts moderately sweet, lightly citrus in the middle, with a crisp hoppy close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good.

ppoitras, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of stapleton87
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy pale golden color, big frothy chewy head with excellent retention and impressive lacing.

S: Citrus, orange and lemon. Nice big whiff of grass as well.

T: Hoppier than the average pils, sharp hops upfront give a grassy, herbal flavor along with the usual citrus. Delicate semi-dry finish.

M: A bit thicker than most pilsners, high carbonation.

A most excellent pilsner, lots of taste with an emphasis on the hops, and very drinkable. At $2.99 a bomber, I might just start drinking this instead of water.

stapleton87, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into clean pint glass. A nice golden yellow color, with very little head or lacing (seems quite the contrary from other reviews). Strong citrus smell, with grapefruits and lemons being the prominent scent. I dont taste the hops as much as i expected, but this brew is well carbonated, and very clean / smooth in the mouth. A very solid take on the style, and although im not a huge Pilsner fan, I could drink several of these with ease.

Edit: 2nd bomber pour was much more heady, so i added .5 to my appearance rating

prdstmnky, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of scarletfire79
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden yellow with a large pillowy white head. slight citrus notes and hops are present right away. very smooth taste, slightly biting and drying in the finish, some slight fruit. extremely drinkable. i am very impressed, this is really solid.

scarletfire79, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Brick Store Pub. Poured into Victory pilsner glass. One inch white foamy head lingers for a while on a clear golden body. Aroma is a mix of a biscuity pilsner and a grapefruit. Comforting and lovely. Taste is similar. Just slightly and beautifully out of balance on the style towards hoppy but not so much as to upset the run of the mill pilsner drinker. Amazingly delicious and over the top smooth.

KickbacksSteve, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of MarioL66
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this side by side with Sam Adams Noble Pils to start off the 2010 Superbowl.

Appearance - A light, toasted corn color wore a frothy sea-like head that created a crawling lace within my Sam Perfect Pint glass. More lacing and lighter than Sam. Both are pretty.

Smell - A slight tang dances with the spices and herbs. An inviting aroma.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is clean with a soft cream-like feel; creamier than Sam.

Taste - The hops start things off but then give way to the herbal qualities of the beer. An almost Wit-like back end to the taste.

Drinkability - The is a sessionable beer.

A solid pilsner. I can't deicide between this or the Sam. This goes a little to the white ale flavor side vs. Noble Pils so it depends on what you are craving.

MarioL66, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle (best by May 2010) served into a Sierra Nevada nucleation pint glass

Pours a pristine, crystal-clear shade of yellow that is most accurately (but not most beautifully) described as similar to urine. Really, there is no difference between the color and translucence of human piss and this beer. But it is all about context, and sitting in the glass this beer is very nice looking, especially with the two fingers of white head sitting on top. The head is composed of tight little bubbles that don't cling to the glass very well. What lacing there is happens to be spotty and soapy.

Prima Pils has an outstanding aroma profile for the style. I immediately get lured in by the hops. They are bitter smelling in a medicinal way, with spritzes of lemon peel and basil, maybe thyme, livening things up. Getting past the hops you can smell the purity of the pilsner malt. It smells singularly doughy and sweet.

On the tongue, the flavors don't quite live up to the promise of the aroma. The hop flavors are less distinguished on the tongue; a bit of a muddled medicinal bitterness. Disappointingly, the lemon isn't as prevalent. The soapy tastes of the hop profile do provide solid support for the clean, airy pilsner malt. The inherent bready flavor isn't allowed to be perceived as one-note. This is a damn nice session candidate.

I am iffy on the mouthfeel. On the one hand, its light body is great for the flavor profile. On the other hand, the carbonation is not nearly active enough on the tongue. I'm not sure why that is; I hope that it isn't an unintended consequence of having the beer shipped to me. Regardless, this beer is a prima candidate for a session. You can happily spend the entire Super Bowl on Sunday, say, with a six pack of this pilsner.

Best American pilsner? Maybe. I have yet to try Boston Brewing's new Noble Pils and Boulevard's Pilsner is right up there but Prima Pils is certainly a nice beer. Its drinkable, balanced, and has an outstanding aroma.

Reaper16, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of cratez
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the LCBO. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this tasty ass brew yet.

Pours a bright glowing yellow with a thick ring of white head and several dots of lacing on the shaker glass. Rich nose imparts bready and sweet pilsner malt, fresh cookie dough, barley, and a bit of lime. Fragrant and inviting. Taste is lemony and citric hops upfront, flowery, herbal and grassy flavours clash with honey and white cracker mid-palate, big Noble hop bitterness kicks in with some herbs and sweetness in the aftertaste. Super refreshing. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, medium-bodied, lightly bitter dryness to finish. A thirst quencher no doubt.

As with all of the U.S. craft beers in Ontario, I'm really glad this is available. An exemplar pils that delivers on the hops. Can't go wrong with Prima!

cratez, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Pahn
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Decently aggressive pour yields a 1/3 inch head that sticks around longer than expected. Pours semi-opaque yellow.

Smell: Grassy, herbal hops and some lemon. A faint breadiness and sweetness emerge as the beer warms. Aroma stays bright and inviting for the entirety of the bottle.

Taste: Grassy and creamy up front, followed by a building soapiness/bitterness that turns into a bready finish. Interesting how the strong herbal character gets overwhelmed by soapiness that transforms into a rye bread-like malt flavor. Good balance. Lots of flavor in those few moments before the bitterness sets in. As I get through the bottle, the distinct hop and malt characters don't get dulled as they do in some other lighter beers I've had in the past.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied but still creamy. Well-carbonated without being overwhelming.

Drinkability: Good flavor, refreshing, no noticeable alcohol, and a balance of subtle and aggressive flavors that remain expertly balanced.

Definitely an impressive beer; easily comparable to or better than Pilsner Urquell. This isn't really my style of beer, so I don't think I'll return to it that often, but it's both excellent when evaluated to style and solidly good even if it's not your preferred style. A beer I'll likely recommend more often than I'll drink.

Pahn, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of wknight167
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a cloudy yellow with a one finger white head with little holding power or lacing.

Nose- Unmistakable lemon character (a bit much for the style) accompanied by toasted malt, as well as spicy and grassy notes.

Palate- Citrus, mostly lemon, but spicy and bready as well. More hops than a normal pils, but not by a whole lot.

Mouthfeel- Light body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Easily a session beer.

Overall- The amount of lemon in both the nose and the palate was a bit over the top and detracted from the spiciness.

wknight167, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory Prima Pils. 2010 vintage on tap. 5oz. tasting.

Cloudy, pale, straw-yellow. Streaming carbonation and a frothy, white one-finger head.

Very herbal, wheaty, and lemony.

It'a a very hoppy pilsner. Fruity / juicy hops initially, quickly followed by a rush of grassy herbal flavor. Really not my favorite taste (exceedingly bitter and herbal) but it's unique and well pulled off as far as I can tell.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability:
Well carbonated, light, and dry. Thirst-quenching drinkability.

BeerNemesis, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Mcculler
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale slightly cloudy yellow with some blue-green highlights; a good, not large head with some lacing.

Sweet, bready malts, grapefruit, yeast, and herbal notes - camomile especially.

Taste is a beautiful Americanized version of European style - bready and yeasty with some strong but not overpowering citrus notes (grapefruit and lemon), herbal notes (lemon balm, hay, camomile, thyme), and a mineral finish.

Has a light feel with solid carbonation.

Perhaps my favorite everyday drinking beer. Light, affordable, available year round, yet complex and intriguing.

Love this beer. Love it.

Mcculler, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a straw yellow with about two fingers of frothy white head. Retention isn't the greatest, but it does manage to leave some lacing behind. A very lively carbonation is fueling the foam.

The nose starts out with floral and herbal hops, almost spicey. Biscuity malts are there to back it up, giving it a sweet character. Subtle, for sure, but dang good too.

Like the nose, the taste is dominated by herbal and floral hops, with a solid biscuity malt backbone there to balance it out. Spicey hops dry the palate while the malt sweetens things up a bit. Excellent balance.

Medium to light in body, with a crisp carbonation. Light lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is excellent. Be careful, it is too easy to drink multiple of these without realizing it.

Good pilsners are harder to come by than one might think. Subtler beer like these, that don't blast your palate off and wont get a lot of press, but still deliver, are what the craft beer world is built upon.

Mistofminn, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good pils is hard to find, but luckily Victory has created a brew that has enough body and flavor to stand on its own, and isn't so substantial as to detract or interfere with a good sandwich.

The pils is pale straw in color and the pour created roughly an inch worth of fluffy head. Comprised of rather large bubbles, coupled with the vessel being a shaker pint, the head, not surprisingly, fades rather fast. However some scattered lace is left behind, all the while a flurry of bubbles ascend from the bottom of the glass.

The nose is rather subtle with faint scents of herbal hops and bready malt. Very faint yeast notes as well. Very light and indicative of a refreshing beverage rather than that of a substantial meal.

The bitterness profile really shines in the taste and accentuates the crispness of the beer. Mellow herbal hop flavor with some subtle bread malt and a nice, dry finish that lingers faintly after the swallow. Some lemon and grain flavor is noticeable as well. Slightly astringent but not in a bad way. Definitely not a watered down beer for sure.

The body is rather light, as to be expected, with low to medium carbonation, however the weight feels great on the tongue.

As far as drinkability is concerned, I split a six pack and if there was one more left I would have drunk it! The flavor balance, the crisp, dry finish, and the mellow herbal hops all contribute to make this beer a very enjoyable session-able beer.

TheJollyHop, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a hazy pale golden color with a creamy looking white head that slowly creeps down the glass and leaves a nice looking lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is quite nice and brings a sweet hoppy aroma. it gives off a an oily hop scent, sweet honey, and a floral ester aroma with a light bready malt backbone.

T-the taste follows the nose almost to a T. sweet hop oil, floral esters, and a touch of honey. a nice bready malt backbone with a light bitterness

M-great medium body, slightly syrupy, quite smooth, and a touch of astringency at the finish. perfect carbonation presence.

D-i completely forgot how good this beer was and passed it up too many times. it brings huge flavor, sweetness with a touch of balance, and so easy to drink. what a sessionable beer!

cpetrone84, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass.

The Prima is pale straw color, hazy and unfiltered-looking. Head is tiny and lacing almost nonexistent.

Smells are very nice pilsner yeast, bread, herbal grain, anise and butterscotch. Very complex and full, a bit like a baby brother version of a Belgian golden ale.

Taste is tangy, slightly bitter, pine, and citrus. The bread and yeast are greatly subdued. Aftertaste is bitter lemon-peel.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light and very dry with good carbonation.

Drinkability is good but not stunning. I think it is just a bit over-dry and not intriguing enough to compensate. - I totally disagree, this beer is awesome and I could drink it into infinity.

I rather like this beer. The nose is really deep for the style. Taste is quite good, if a bit bitter and slightly flat. Mouthfeel is a bit over dry for the drinkability to be stunning, but as a pilsner it is quite drinkable anyway.

As a final note I recently tried the new Sam Adams Noble Pils... That is one damn fine beer, and maybe the best looking pils I have ever seen. Try it if you get the chance.

meeekyh, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of goldbot
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Can't read the best by date but it is sometime in 2010. It seems this is the case for the majority of Victory beers I buy.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with lots of streaming carbonation. A frothy white head which is retained nicely down to thin film on the surface. Good lacing as well.

The scent is very lemony with a mix of sweet-smelling bready malt and touch of wheaty, yeasty note. The flavor is very clean, not so hoppy but the lemon zest is retained well. A smooth sweet malt profile with a light but balanced flavor. Abit of tang and spice at the end, leaving a drier bready aftertaste.

Light body, fairly low bitterness overall but somewhat bitter for a pilsener. The carbonation makes a nice airy mouthfeel. While not the quintessential pilsener, this beer is a great smooth, balanced, light session beer.

goldbot, Jan 24, 2010
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,434 ratings.